This is a sad story, indeed. I am one of rare opinion that hand spanking is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to administering punishment to a child. But using a object that breaks the skin and inflicting it on sensitive parts is way beyond discipline. That sad part is, I don't think Peterson is a bad person for doing this. I just think it's all he knows. And judging from interviews, he does not strike me as the sharpest tool in the shed. I hope he gets the help he needs.